List of oldest Russian icons

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This is the complete list of extant icons created in Russia before and during the reign of Alexander Nevsky (1220–63). Imported Byzantine icons such as the Theotokos of Vladimir are not included.

1000-1130[edit]

Image Name and date Provenance Current location
Russo-Byzantine icons
(possibly painted by Greek artists in Kievan Rus)
Golden robes.jpg Saviour in a Golden Riza
c. 1050
(overpainted in 1699)
Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod Dormition Cathedral, Moscow
Ancient icon of sts peter & paul.jpg Saints Peter and Paul
c. 1050
(partly overpainted in the 16th century)
Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod Novgorod Art Museum
George Uspenskiy.jpgHodegetria (Uspenskiy sobor).jpg Saint George // Hodegetria
(double-sided)
c. 1100
Yuriev Monastery
Dormition Cathedral, Moscow
Dormition Cathedral, Moscow
Gottesmutter von Wladimir.jpg Theotokos of Vladimir
c. 1100
Dormition Cathedral, Vladimir
Dormition Cathedral, Moscow
State Tretyakov Gallery
(Tolmachi Church)

1130-1200[edit]

Image Name and date Provenance Current location
Icons of Novgorod
Annunciation ystuj.jpg Ustyug Annunciation,
c. 1130
Yuriev Monastery

Annunciation Cathedral

State Tretyakov Gallery
Novgorod George.jpg Saint George
c. 1130
Yuriev Monastery State Tretyakov Gallery
Znamenie ikona Novgorod.jpg The Sign
(double-sided)
c. 1150
Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod
Christos Acheiropoietos.jpg The Mandylion
(double-sided)
c. 1180
Dormition Cathedral, Moscow Tretyakov Gallery
Goldenlocks.jpg Angel of Golden Locks Rumyantsev Museum State Russian Museum
Umilenie Uspenskiy.jpg Eleusa Dormition Cathedral, Moscow State Tretyakov Gallery
Nicholas of Novgorod.jpg Saint Nicholas
c. 1200
Novodevichy Convent State Tretyakov Gallery
Icons of Vladimir-Suzdal
Bogolubskaya ikona.jpg Theotokos of Bogolyubovo
1155
Bogolyubovo Convent of Princesses,
Vladimir
Fedorovskaya3.jpgSaint Paraskevi (back of Fyodorovskaya Theotokos).jpg Our Lady of Saint Theodore
// Saint Paraskevi
(double-sided)
Gorodets-on-the-Volga
(Alexander Nevsky's family)
Theophany Monastery, Kostroma
Moscow deesis.jpg Deesis with the Archangels
1180s?
Dormition Cathedral, Moscow State Tretyakov Gallery

1200-1250[edit]

Image Name and date Provenance Current location
Icons of Vladimir and Suzdal
Suzdal deesis.jpg Deesis with John the Baptist and the Virgin Dormition Cathedral, Moscow State Tretyakov Gallery
Michael to Joshua.jpg Saint Michael Appearing to Joshua
1190s? 1210s?
Dormition Cathedral, Moscow Dormition Cathedral, Moscow
Saint Demetrios de Thessalonique.jpg Demetrius of Thessaloniki
1190s? 1210s?
Dormition Cathedral, Dmitrov
(a gift from Vsevolod III)
State Tretyakov Gallery
Zlaty vlasy uspenskiy.jpg Saviour of Golden Locks
(Christ Chalkites)
c. 1200
Dormition Cathedral, Moscow
(probably brought from Yaroslavl)
Dormition Cathedral, Moscow
Icons of Yaroslavl and Rostov
Oranta.jpg Orans of Yaroslavl
(Great Panagia)
c. 1220
Dormition Cathedral, Yaroslavl State Tretyakov Gallery
Спас Вседержитель Ярославский.jpg Saviour of Yaroslavl
(Christ Pantocrator)
c. 1220
Dormition Cathedral, Yaroslavl Yaroslavl Art Museum
Michael icon yarolsavl.jpg Michael the Archangel
c. 1220
Archangel Cathedral, Yaroslavl State Tretyakov Gallery
009lSpas nerukot1216 GTG.jpg The Mandylion Novlenskoye
(near Poshekhonye)
State Tretyakov Gallery
Spas gavshinki.jpg Christ Pantocrator
c. 1250
Gavshinka Church
near Yaroslavl
Andrei Rublev Museum
(Andronikov Monastery)
Большая икона Толгской Богоматери.jpg Theotokos of Tolga Enthroned Tolga Monastery,
Yaroslavl
State Tretyakov Gallery
Theotokos of kashin.jpg Theotokos of Kashin St. Demetrius Monastery, Kashin Kalyazin Art Museum
Icons of Novgorod and Belozersk
Oblachnoe.jpg The Cloud Dormition
c. 1200
Monastery of the Tithes,
Novgorod
State Tretyakov Gallery
Korin znamenie.jpgUlyana.jpg Our Lady of the Sign
// Saint Juliana
Zverin Monastery,
Novgorod
Pavel Korin's collection
at the Tretyakov Gallery
Starorusskaya.jpg Eleusa of Staraya Russa Staraya Russa State Russian Museum
Belozerskaya icon.jpg Theotokos of Belozersk
c. 1220
Belozersk Cathedral State Russian Museum
Belozersk icon.jpg Saints Peter and Paul Church of Sts. Peter and Paul
Belozersk
State Russian Museum
Św Jan Klimak, Jerzy i Błażej.jpg St. John Climacus
with Sts. George and Blaise
c. 1250
Krestsy near Novgorod State Russian Museum

See also[edit]

Source[edit]

  • В. Д. Сарабьянов, Э. С. Смирнова. История древнерусской живописи. М., ПСТГУ, 2007.